• July 10th - Forty-five Martyrs

    From rich@1:15/0 to All on Sun Jul 9 10:03:28 2017
    From: rich <richarra@gmail.com>

    July 10th - Forty-five Martyrs of the Armenian City of Nicopolis

    They suffered during the reign of the emperor Licinius (311-324), then
    a co-regent with Constantine the Great. Licinius fiercely persecuted
    Christians and in his Eastern half of the Empire he issued an edict to
    put to death anyone who would not consent to return to paganism. When
    the persecutions began at Nicopolis, more than forty of the persecuted
    of Christ decided to appear voluntarily before their persecutors, to
    confess openly their faith in the Son of God and accept martyrdom. The
    holy confessors were headed by Leontius, Mauricius, Daniel, Anthony
    and Alexander, and were distinguished by their virtuous life. The
    procurator of the Armenian district, Licius, before whom the holy
    confessors presented themselves, was amazed at the directness and
    bravery of those who voluntarily doomed themselves to torture and
    death. He tried to persuade them to renounce Christ and offer
    sacrifice to the pagan gods, but the saints remained steadfast. They
    refuted all the arguments of the governor, pointing out to him all the falseness of faith in the vile and vice-filled pagan gods, leading
    those that worship them to ruin. The procurator gave orders to beat
    the confessors about the face with stones, and then shackle and
    imprison them.

    In prison the saints rejoiced and sang the Psalms of David. St
    Leontius inspired and encouraged the brethren, preparing them to
    accept new tortures for the true Faith, and telling them of the
    bravery of all those formerly that had suffered for Christ. In the
    morning, after repeated refusals to offer sacrifice to the idols, the
    saints were again given over to torture. St Leontius, seeing the
    intense suffering of the martyrs and worrying that some of them might
    falter and lose faith, prayed to God that there might be a quick end
    of the matter for all.

    When the holy martyrs sang Psalms at midnight, an angel of the Lord
    suddenly appeared to them, and the prison blazed with light. The angel
    declared to the martyrs that their contest was near its end, and their
    names already were inscribed in Heaven. Two of the prison guards,
    Meneus and Virilad, saw what was happening and believed in Christ. On
    the following morning, the governor decided to put the martyrs of
    Christ to death. After beastly tortures they burned them in a fire,
    and threw their bones in a river. Pious people found the relics,
    gathered them up and saved them. Later on, when freedom had been
    bestown to the Church of Christ, a church was built on this spot in
    the name of the holy 45 Martyrs .

    Saint Quote:
    It is almost certain that excess in eating is the cause of almost all
    the diseases of the body, but its effects on the soul are even more
    --St. Alphonsus Liguori

    Bible Quote:
    For behold the day shall come kindled as a furnace: and all the proud,
    and all that do wickedly shall be stubble: and the day that cometh
    shall set them on fire, saith the Lord of hosts, it shall not leave
    them root, nor branch.
    But unto you that fear my name, the Sun of justice shall arise, and
    health in his wings: and you shall go forth, and shall leap like
    calves of the herd. [Mal 4:1-2]

    O Beata Virgo Maria
    Attributed to St. Augustine

    O Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of
    praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will
    didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human
    nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that
    it has found the way to restoration? Accept, then, such poor thanks as
    we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and,
    receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our
    offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the Heavenly
    audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation.
    May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become
    pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence,
    through thee be granted. Take our offering, grant us our requests,
    obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners.
    Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, O
    blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succour the miserable,
    help the faint-hearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people,
    plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may
    all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection.
    Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the
    answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the
    people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the
    Redeemer of the world, Who liveth and reigneth, world without end.
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